Bay Area comes to aid of gift tradition

December 23, 2008 7:50:04 AM PST
A Bay Area holiday tradition is in jeopardy this year. A group called Love is the Answer needs several hundred Christmas gifts to give to isolated senior citizens - and time is running out.

ABC7's Terry McSweeney has a follow up and thank you from the "Love is the Answer" gift drive. That almost didn't happen this year.

It is a kind hearted holiday season in the Bay Area. It had to be to produce more than 2,000 gifts so far - with more coming in. All made possible by people like Margaret from San Anselmo who brought in two bags of throws.

"People worry about the little children at Christmas and I think they need to worry about some of the older people too," said Margaret.

People came from Napa and Gilroy and Vacaville - all feeling the holiday spirit, and some showing it.

"People came in with tears in their eyes talking about the story and came in with hugs and it was really a heartwarming experience," said Aline Shaw, LITA executive director.

The motivation may have come from Eileen McNulty, who ABC7 interviewed last week - she was asked what Christmas would be like for lonely seniors without a gift.

"Empty, empty because you don't have anything you know," said McNulty.

One woman drove up from Menlo Park to see what she could do.

"We talked about it and she came in and presented us with a $6,000 check to buy the gifts that we need to make our goal," said Shaw.

Now, because of all the contributions big and small - LITA will expand its Christmas gift giving to two new facilities.

If you'd like to help -- you can bring a new unwrapped bathrobe, a few pair of socks a sweatshirt or nightgown to LITA offices at 4340 Redwood Highway Suite 101 San Rafael, or call 415-472-5482 to find out about donating cash.

www.lita-marin.org


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